Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good morning spring!

 What a beautiful day!  The sun is shining so bright.  Just what I've been waiting for, sunshine and warm weather.   It's been a really long winter.   



We have some early blooming flowers spreading a bit of color around the garden.     






The pollen is here and the bees are buzzing.   



Strawberry blossoms!  



And the azaleas are getting ready to show their beautiful colors.  


Glorious spring!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The mourning dove returns

Yes, she did!  She returned to the ivy hanging plant on the back porch outside the kitchen window.  She's been building her nest the past few days.    


Now we can watch her everyday until the baby dove arrive.  



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Today I am repainting an old bird house that has been outside and is in need of some repair.  A few coats of paint should improve it, and I've decided to paint it all white.   


Have a good day!  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gardening and an update

As I upload these photos today I am wishing the weather was as nice as yesterday.  A beautiful day in the high 70's, Galen and Otis and I spent the day in the garden.  
As we turned the warm soil in the beds, Otis took a nap in the sunshine, in the strawberry patch, of course.  Silly dog.  


We planted onions, potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower.  And I always plant marigolds around the beds.  I put in some chives, too.  


The peach tree is in bloom.  I took this photo this morning, a gray morning, but I think the pink flowers are lovely and so cheery!     


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And an update:

For those of you who have been following my journey these past few years with breast cancer, I want you to know I am doing well.  My appointment on Thursday left me feeling very happy.  A good report ~ no cancer.  I am feeling strong, energetic and glad to have my life back.  Finally, normalcy!  I feel great.

Just wanted to let you know and to thank you for being with me and giving me encouragement when I needed it the most.  xoxo


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Home and garden ideas and inspiration

Paging through "The Gardener's Idea Book" that Lowe's puts out for the Proven Winners Plant Brand, (a small catalog that comes in the mail), I was delighted to find so many great ideas and inspiration for the home and garden....
 just had to share these lovely pictures!    



Notice the colorful pillows and accessories.  










Flowers on the front steps or near the front door says "welcome".



The garden shed  ~  not just a place to store those garden tools, hoses and fertilizers, but a friendly spot to work and sit a spell.  



Have you noticed all the different containers you can plant flowers in?  



Hope you enjoyed this little bit of spring garden inspiration!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Flea market shopping, antiquing and vintage consignments

In the heart of North Carolina is the town of Asheboro.  A town worth spending the day in... browsing antique shops, looking for treasures in the vintage and consignment shops and enjoying a bit of lunch and a cup of coffee.  



The town murals are interesting and fun, painted by one of the local artists.  



Up and down main street you can find all kinds of shops.  




And all kinds of treasures!  


I found a few of my own treasures, one being, the old bankers lamp, or desk lamp with the green shade.  I have been looking for one of these for quite some time.  A real bargain at $15.  






I am always on the look-out for shops like these!  I love finding small towns filled with lots of wonderful old treasures.  

Are you a flea market and antique shopper?  

Hope all of you enjoy your day.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Inside things today

Hello, my friends.  Today is one of those "inside days" as the weather has turned cold overnight.  Yesterday it was mild and sunny, today chilly and windy.  Doing "inside things" today, cleaning up a bit, put in a load of laundry and watering my thirsty house plants.



I try to remember to water my plants every week but that doesn't always happen.  I add all-purpose plant food year round, do you?   




 Since Mourning Dove Cottage doesn't have a lot of inside light, I am surprised how well these few plants are doing.  I keep them near different windows in the house.  



My Christmas cactus had beautiful pink flowers this year.  Made me very happy!  


So I'll be doing more inside things today but tomorrow, for sure, I'll be in the garden.  Warmer temps and time to start planting the veggie garden.  

Enjoy your day!